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DHB pulls up, Mitchell still hurting

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 at 12:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders will complete the pre-training camp portion of their offseason getting little in the way of development from their top two draft picks, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Mike Mitchell.

Heyward-Bey pulled up on an out-pattern with an audible groan, clutching his right hamstring early in practice. He did not return, leaving the field with trainer Rod Martin.

As for Mitchell, who missed previous OTAs because NFL rules prohited him for participating before his class at Ohio University had graduated, the hamstring he injured back at the mandatory minicamp remains too sore for him to practice.

Among those players who did not attend included cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cornerback Chris Johnson, safety Michael Huff, defensive end Derrick Burgess and quarterback Andrew Walter.

Others who did not participate due to injury included wide receivers Javon Walker and Arman Shields, defensive end Jay Richardson, fullback Oren O’Neal, tight end John Paul Foschi, wide receiver Chaz Schilens and wide receiver Will Franklin.

Defensive end Greg Ellis, in his second day as a Raider after signing as a free agent, lined up at left end and was playing with the first team.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia, who missed the last OTA sessions following the birth of his son, was back at practice and split time evenly with quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Garcia had better success moving the ball against the Oakland second team defense than Russell did against the first team.

Russell said he and his receivers plan to meet at an undisclosed location this offseason to work on their timing.

More news and notes to come later . . .

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  • lefty12

    S&B-Mac had 2(two) turf toes last year plus a nagging injury.it has been noted many times that if turf toe isn’t rested and treated properly,i can END YOUR CAREER.should Cable have played him injured and risked ruining his career last year?that seems to be the consensus on here.and as has been said before-right or wrong-Bush was responsible for being banished to the bench for not being a team player,and i’d bet it wasn’t Cables decision.

  • Random Drug Tester

    In fact, most prognosticators would probably have called it less of a reach if we took Unger @ 7 than taking Bey .

  • jhill

    I wish Staples was filled with the type of fans that are at the Coliseum today. That place would be rocking all game long!

    But …

    Shouldn’t those people be at work? Sure hope this is not a reflection of the unemployment situation in LA.

    The coliseum is PACKED!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Max Unger was long gone by our 2nd pick at 39

    ***

    RDT:

    after we traded pick #40 to New England, we took Mitchell at #47

    Unger was taken at #49 by Seattle

  • RaiderRockstar

    In fact, most prognosticators would probably have called it less of a reach if we took Unger @ 7 than taking Bey .

    ***

    you’re thinking of Alex Mack bro!

  • SnB Defense

    Cable didn’t cite injury as the reason he was keeping him out. He said something about the “feel for the game”…..McFadden should have received more playing time against New England. When he was out there the offense opened up.

    As for Michael Bush…here’s the deal…Justin Fargas is a good player. He’s a hard worker and obviously must be a leader in the lockerroom. But the bottom line is that this guy doesn’t TAKE OVER A GAME. His games are serviceable.

    Michael Bush TOOK OVER that Tampa game. McFadden TOOK OVER the K.C game. That’s what dominant running backs do.

    I like Fargas too. But the minute they drafted Darren McFadden, that began the process of moving Fargas to the bench.

    Give me playmakers. That’s why this team is so plodding…the lack of playmakers on the field!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    What made me mad was we pretty much gave NE Ron Brace!

  • Random Drug Tester

    you’re right, my bad.

  • lefty12

    S&B-don’t forget it was Cable how played the youngsters at the end of last year.Kiffin was the one who wouldn’t play them.and Lofton too.the reason Cable didn’t play them earlier is,like he said,he had to learn the team after being the OLC and having concentrated in that area at the beginning of the year.

  • OAKlifer

    well there we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jmac is gonna do the EXTRA work required of him,you know ,like someone who cares.WORK ON TIMING AND THINGS

    WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    **************************************************
    Only the shadow knows…..how much EXTRA work will be done!

    SHAKE YOUR RUMP!!!!!

  • Random Drug Tester

    I like Bey and Mitchell for the future, but wouldn’t have minded Mack and Brace/or whoever either.

  • lefty12

    ok,S&B,he wasn’t hurt.that’s why he had surgery in the off season.that’s why the other day he mentioned his toes STILL HURT.and whether you,me,or anyone else likes it Bush screwed himself last year.i’ve never said Fargas was better than either of them.if you go back to last off season,i was one of those touting Bush.all i’m saying is don’t ignore the facts-Bush screwed himself;Mac was hurt.

  • Florida Pete

    “Russell said he and his receivers plan to meet at an undisclosed location this offseason to work on their timing.”

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    clearly the man has pride…

    nobody with pride wants to be embarrassed…

    i wonder if cheney will be there…

    he could waterboard Russell if he starts screwing up…

  • SnB Defense

    lefty12 Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:41 pm
    S&B-don’t forget it was Cable how played the youngsters at the end of last year.Kiffin was the one who wouldn’t play them.and Lofton too.the reason Cable didn’t play them earlier is,like he said,he had to learn the team after being the OLC and having concentrated in that area at the beginning of the year
    =======================================================
    I know that Cable got the young players in at the end. I just feel if those guys were out there starting with the Miami game…this team would have finished 7-9. He stuck with Kwame Harris to the bitter end….let Fargas be the primary back for the Miami, K.C, S.D and 1st half of the New England and Houston games. Higgins didn’t become a starter until injury….Michael Bush only got time because Fargas got hurt and couldn’t go.

    Look, last year is in the past. I just hope that Cable doens’t go in thinking that his do-right guys can simply will the team to win in the face of this schedule.

    His plan better be creative and use the talent on the roster. A guy like JLH should be moved around on the field just like DMAC….different formations….and throw the doggone ball some more.

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  • SnB Defense

    Bush might have offended Cable.. Fine and good and I thought bush was wrong for that.

    But Cable doesn’t get a free pass from me either. The doggone fullback on the roster was Lawton. You can’t just interchange players and move them around to different positions unless they have aptitude for it. Just because Bush is a big back doesn’t mean he’s a fullback. Its a different skillset.

    Instead of pounding Bush as a fullback, he should have put Fargas in at fullback. His “crash” running style would be perfect and his attitude is beyone rapproach.

  • lefty12

    this is the 1st off season Cable has been the HC.how do you know he and the staff aren’t planning on doing those things.everywhere the guy has been and has had his hand in the Off.,they have been successful.maybe you’ve been listening to naysayers-we’re doomed because of Cable-too much.

  • SnB Defense

    lefty12 Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    this is the 1st off season Cable has been the HC.how do you know he and the staff aren’t planning on doing those things.everywhere the guy has been and has had his hand in the Off.,they have been successful.maybe you’ve been listening to naysayers-we’re doomed because of Cable-too much.
    =======================================================
    You are right. I don’t know. All I am saying is those are my concerns….that’s all. Look, I am relying more on hope this offseason than ever:

    1. Hope that Marshall can coach up the same roster from last year

    2. Hope that Russell becomes a better passer

    3. Hope that Cable puts together an exciting lineup and doesn’t get ultra conservative

    4. Hope that DHB and Mitchell contribute something this year

    5. Hope that the O-Line holds up.

    Its all hope right now. Or concerns I guess

  • lefty12

    S&B-1st you say you can’t just move players around,then you say they should have moved Fargas.i’m not going to get into the Fargas crap anymore,but Cable did say last year that Bush was the best blocker of all the backs.also,in our system,the FB has to be a decent receiver.don’t all you guys constantly biotch about Fargas having stone hands?

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Russell said he and his receivers plan to meet at an undisclosed location this offseason to work on their timing.
    ————————-
    Excellent News!

  • Raider-405

    I called in on draft day… I envision Mike Mitchell to be PUP for this season getting ‘bush’d’ for 2009-2010 season.

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  • lefty12

    S&B-that’s what being a fan is-having hope.NE hopes Brady can come back,NYG hope someone will step up to be the next Plaxico for them,SD hopes LT has another good year in him-the list goes on.this time of year every team is nothing but hope.

  • SnB Defense

    I can’t contain my glee at watching the Broncos go down in flames. Perhaps, dare I say, Bowlen should have inserted a little bit of Al Davis management style to keep his team together.

    ESPN saying Bowlen will acomodate Marshall’s request

  • Florida Pete

    bowlen is probably already regretting bringing in mcdaniels…

    the donkeys are going to be the train wreck this year… along with the chefs…

    we’re going to win the west by default…

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Anyone going to join me on the NEW POST?

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  • 81rayda

    No way Denver trades anything to Oakland. The good news however is that Marshall will be out of the AFC West.

  • DKnight007

    Silver-n-Black666 Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 12:12 pm
    I bet Garcia’s wife is still hot the day after she gives birth…..look at this perfect rump!

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/jeff%20garcias%20wife/GeoFla/carmella2.jpg

    ^^^^^^
    Yeah Carmellas is definitely a hottie….

    Freakin Garcia….that lucky bastard. LOL

    DHB and Mitchell need to hydrate themselves and just stretch more and not give 110% on every freakin play in practice…

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  • Senile King

    Oh my God ! I actually agree with Kool Kell…
    As this is a very positive step for Chubbustus, if indeed he is maturing ,( as many of us hope and pray), and this isn’t just a show like the “elections” in Iran…

    The obvious extension of his new found maturity might be visable to all if he mixed in a salad once in a while…

  • gouaztec

    2 guys down with a hamstring, and J-Mac choked on a hambone while snacking between drills.

    Seriously, we need to stick with J-Mac. if we pull the rip cord on him and go to Garcia too early, it’s all over but the crying.

    secret location, In N Out. that was perfect.

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